Fancy meeting you here! [sweeps cobwebs off shoulder] Happy 2018! What have you been up to so far?
I’ve been hiding indoors from the cold and beating myself about the head and neck. Well, not literally. It’s more of an internal dialogue thrashing, really. The January doldrums certainly don’t help the negative mind chatter.
I did get a wonderful pep talk from a friend yesterday, though, and that helped to stop the negative tides from repeatedly pelting my over-feely feelers.
Then a Facebook friend posted a Little Things video on FB today, and it spoke a truth we probably all could stand to hear now and again. It was about the manner in which we speak to ourselves, and that most of what we say to ourselves we would never dream of saying to another human being. The woman asked some friends what kind of mean things they say to themselves. She then offered them a childhood photo of themselves and asked what they would say to her (or him). The words were much kinder.
The me (and you!) of today probably do deserve gentler words than we typically offer. I remember telling a boyfriend once, when he offered an unsolicited negative opinion on my clothing selection, that “I’m perfectly capable of tearing myself down, thanks. I don’t need your help.”
So say some nice things to yourself today and every day of the year. Compliment that outfit you put together or the fact that you did a load of wash. Go you!
I’ll get you started: You there! Nice person who noticed I’d posted something for the first time in ages and toddled on over here for a gander–I think you’re pretty awesome! And not just because you’re here reading this. Well, that helps, because it tells me what a kind, supportive person you are. But you’re also just plain groovy.